A range of traffic management measures are being rolled out across Hounslow in west London to help keep pedestrians and cyclists healthy and safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
The projects will create more space for people to follow social distancing guidelines. They include closing some roads, widening pavements, improving cycling routes and introducing more ‘school streets’.
Hounslow Council is also launching a public consultation to get ideas from residents on ways they think traffic can be managed better and streets made more pedestrian and cycle friendly.
All works will be carried out in line with social distancing measures, said the council.
Measures that will be taken over the next few weeks include:
The public consultation will be open until the end June 2020. The schemes that are most technically feasible and can demonstrate strong local support could be delivered later in the year.
Cllr Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport and Corporate Property, said: “The council has a duty to ensure that people can get around the borough safely while following the government’s strict social distancing guidelines to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.
“Temporarily suspending parking to provide more space for pedestrians at town centre sites, bringing forward sustainable transport schemes we have already approved, trialling projects at other areas where concerns about safety and through traffic have been raised previously, are all necessary to help keep people healthy and safe.
“There could well be varying forms of social distancing for many months to come, so it’s important we take action to best manage it. In some cases these trial changes may also bring wider benefits, such as improved air quality, and some we may want to keep in place for the longer term.
“Many of these projects were already in train, but we know there will be lots of creative ideas out there on other things we could do.”
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